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Oregon tenants urged to get bid in for state rent help before Dec. 1 cutoff

Some Oregon tenants are losing protection against evictions as the state pauses applications for state help with rent. (Getty Images)

SALEM - The state agency in charge of helping Oregonians cover their rent has nearly run through the $289 million it received from the federal government and will stop accepting applications Dec. 1.

A six-week pause in accepting applications for rent help that was announced Friday doesn’t just mean tenants who fall short on December rent won’t receive state help. They also will no longer be legally protected against eviction.

State officials said that any Oregon renters who haven’t already applied for rental assistance and won’t be able to pay their December rent should apply quickly because applications close at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1. The application is available online at